2018 Ojai Vineyard Chardonnay Solomon Hills Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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Winery Notes:
Solomon Hills has consistently been our most grand-scaled Chardonnay at The Ojai Vineyard. We’ve come to love this wine immensely, so it’s a bittersweet thing that this 2018 bottling will be our last Chardonnay from the vineyard, as the estate has plans for the fruit. We are going out with a bang on this wine, though! 2018 started late and ended late thanks to mild, coastal weather throughout the growing season, and Solomon Hills rendered those events into flamboyantly powerful expression of Chardonnay.

When just opened, the wine comes out swinging with the typical aromatic posse of pine, white flowers, and sea shell minerality. Those elements step into the background with air, as more concentrated fragrances of lemon curd and dried apple come forward, then more layers of chamomile and golden brioche really advance the wine’s richness.

In ways this 2018 Solomon Hills Chardonnay nods to the grand, elegant Chardonnays of Beaune, where Chardonnay shows its most fine balance of acid thrust and flavorful decadence. This wine coats the mouth with fresh white stone fruit, savory pastry and stony minerals, while fine tannins pin down the wine’s path as it makes broad curves across the palate.

This Chardonnay is the most open and accessible of our 2018 Chardonnays at this stage (nearing a year in bottle). Don’t be afraid to age this Chardonnay several years though; even a relatively open Solomon Hills Chardonnay has density that evolves beautifully well upwards of a decade.

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